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Nine hurt in three Wednesday wrecks
Nine hurt in three Wednesday wrecks

Capt. Greg Polk of the St. Robert Fire Department helps remove a wreck that snarled traffic for more than an hour Wednesday as emergency personnel had to shut down the left lanes on both sides of I-44 to remove the wreck from the median
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 23, 2009) — Three separate one-vehicle wrecks in and near Pulaski County sent nine people to area hospitals on Wednesday for treatment, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

The worst of the three wrecks snarled Interstate 44 in Saint Robert for more than an hour and led to a secondary crash at the end of a long line of traffic on eastbound Interstate 44 near the Exit 159 on-ramp that damaged multiple vehicles but hurt nobody.

State troopers reported that Sophie N. Samb, 36, of St. Robert, had been westbound on Interstate 44 near Exit 161 when she ran her 2001 Toyota off the right side of the road at 12:55 p.m., struck the median cable and overturned, with the SUV coming to rest on its side.

The driver suffered moderate injuries but her six passengers, Monar T. Samb, 37, Amfatou Samb, 2, Fatou L. Samb, 6, and two infants, Coumba M. Samb and Touty Samb, all of St. Robert, suffered minor injuries. All seven people were transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment. All had been wearing their seat belts or child restraints.

St. Robert police and firefighters also assisted at the crash scene. Missouri Department of Transportation personnel reported that traffic remained snarled in the left lane of both the eastbound and westbound sides until shortly after 2 p.m. due to emergency equipment removing the crash from the median at mile marker 160.4.

The SUV was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing.

Just an hour before the Interstate 44 crash, troopers responded to a wreck on Highway T about four miles north of Waynesville where they found that Brittany Grunwaldt, 22, of Lebanon, had been southbound in a 2008 Pontiac at noon when she lost control on a wet roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Grunwaldt, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon.

Her vehicle sustained extensive damage and was removed by Rothmund’s Towing.

In the area’s last wreck of the day just outside Pulaski County to the southeast of Dixon, troopers later Wednesday evening reported that Kate A. Lair, 19, of Dixon, had been westbound on Highway D about 2.2 miles east of the Gasconade River in Phelps County when she ran her 2006 Mercury Milan off the right shoulder at 9:30 p.m., struck an embankment, came back onto the roadway, left the roadway again, and struck an embankment a second time before coming to rest.

Lair, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla by Phelps County Ambulance District personnel.

Her vehicle sustained moderate damage and was removed by Jack’s Towing.

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